My Hometown Enters the Primatology Big Leagues: International Orangutan Center in Indianapolis

The new orangutan facility at the Indianapolis Zoo is really impressive. We checked it out this past summer while visiting my family in Indy. The facility is a network of buildings, outdoor space, & climbing structures that the individuals can navigate Continue reading My Hometown Enters the Primatology Big Leagues: International Orangutan Center in Indianapolis

Monkeying Around!

Here we are at the Birmingham Zoo

Student presentations are required as part of the “Non-Human Primates” course, but we all get a little tired of the lecturing, so what better way to internalize the material than engaging some of our primate preadaptations & monkeying around. Here Continue reading Monkeying Around!

Chimpanzees (Common or aka Robust)

Order: Primates Family: Hominidae Subfamily: Homininae Genus: Pan Species: Pan troglodytes The first European contact with chimpanzees happened in Angola during the 17th century by a Portuguese explorer named Duarte Pacheco, the dairy that he kept was also the first Continue reading Chimpanzees (Common or aka Robust)

Primates on the Loose at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Sounds like a lame excuse to post photos of my kids, doesn’t it? Yeah, well, only partially. In fact, here’s one to get us started. But what I really wanted to post was a few that involve depictions of non-human Continue reading Primates on the Loose at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Bornean Orangutan

Order: Primates Family: Hominidae Subfamily: Ponginae Genus: Pongo Species: P. pygmaeus The Bornean orangutan is one of three subspecies of orangutan and can only be found in Southeast Asia on the island of Borneo. Growing up to 5’ tall, these Continue reading Bornean Orangutan


Order: Primates Family: Hylobatidae Genus: Symphalangus Species: S. syndactylus   Symphalangus syndactylus, also known as the siamang, is the largest of the many species of gibbons. Both male and female siamangs have black hair and grey or pink throat sacs. They can range in height from Continue reading Siamangs!

The Francois Langur

Order: Primate Suborder: Anthropoidea Family: Cercopithecidae Subfamily: Colombinae Genus: Trachypithecus (formerly Presbytis) Species: Francoisi Trachypithecus francoisi, better known as the Francois Langur can be found in Southeatern Asia: from Southeastern China to Central Laos and Vietnam. They tend to be Continue reading The Francois Langur

Black and White Colobus Monkey

The Black and White Colobus Monkey is an Old World Monkey species that belongs to the Cercopithecidae family. The species is known for its ‘beautiful’ black fur that is contrasted exquisitely by a white mantle that hangs extensively off its back side, Continue reading Black and White Colobus Monkey

The Cotton Top Tamarin

  Saguinus oedipus, or more commonly known as the cotton top tamarin is a New World primate that belongs to the Callitrichidae family. The cotton top tamarin can be found climbing and jumping through the tree tops of tropical forests in Continue reading The Cotton Top Tamarin

Tufted Capuchins

Cebus apella of the Cebidae family is better known as the tufted capuchin.  The tufted capuchin is a New World primate located in South America.  Tufted capuchins spend most of their time within the mid-canopy of rain-forests; however they do Continue reading Tufted Capuchins